By BRIAN JENNINGS
Despite a late run, the Lady Knights field hockey team came up just short of a state tournament bid, missing the postseason by one victory.
Southington rebounded from a 0-6 start to the season to finish.500 down the stretch. The Knights finished the season just short of the six wins needed to clinch a postseason berth.
Still, shutout victories over NW Catholic and EO Smith in the final week left fans with a positive note.
On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Southington out-lasted NW Catholic (7-7-0), 1-0, to cap the home schedule with a victory on senior night.
Kelsey Snodgrass scored the game winner (assisted by Kaylee Graef) for the Knights with 11:22 remaining in the game. Southington took three shots on goal and four penalty corners. Amanda Delorme and Maddie Belfonte combined to save 12 shots on goal.
The Knights concluded their season a couple days later on Thursday with a 3-0 vwin over E.O. Smith (1-13-1) in Storrs.
Bianca D’Amore scored an unassisted goal with 3:37 left in the first half. Sydney Rice (assisted by Snodgrass) and Hallie Altwies scored goals after the break.
Southington took 16 shots on goal and earned 12 penalty corners. Delorme and Belfonte combined to save three of E.O. Smith’s four shots on goal.
The Knights finished the regular season with a 5-10 record.
“It is disappointing that we didn’t make the tournament, but knowing that the girls gave their all in the last week, ending the season with two wins, speakers to the character and commitment this team has,” said Southington coach Erin Luddy.